Dell PE T105 Feedback



  • Hi all,

    This is a feedback about Dell PowerEdge T105.

    I have a lot of them and, unfortunately, pfSense v1.2 don't even boot on it !

    A lot of various problems like this one, for example : http://forum.pfsense.org/index.php/topic,8589.0.html

    After reading the interesting post of David_W ( http://forum.pfsense.org/index.php/topic,9543.msg54134.html#msg54134 ), i tried successfully the pfSense versions compiled with FreeBSD 6.3 available here : http://cvs.pfsense.org/~sullrich/testing_images/6/FreeBSD_RELENG_6_3/pfSense_RELENG_1_2/

    But, there still remains a problem : the onboard nic (chip BROADCOM 5722) that isn't recognized…

    I found this patch ( http://www.freebsd.org/cgi/query-pr.cgi?pr=119779 ) but i prefer let the developers do their work than trying myself this  ;D !

    However, the other testing images ( http://cvs.pfsense.org/~sullrich/testing_images/7/RELENG_1_2/ ) didn't work for me (the boot part seems broken but haven't tried deeply).

    But i can pleasantly confirm that pfSense v1.2.1 beta versions perfectly recognized the BROADCOM 5722 chip (at least since 20080729 releases)  ;D !

    Besides, David_W suggests this nic model for those wanting pci-e nic : http://www.intel.com/products/server/adapters/pro1000pt-dualport/pro1000pt-dualport-overview.htm (But any validation of proper functioning).

    Thank you very much to David_W for all his suggests/advices  ;) !

    Sincerely,

    XZed



  • Thanks to XZed for summarising his experience with these machines.

    There was a lot of traffic about these machines on the FreeBSD lists a while back. For those that don't know, the T105 is an inexpensive Opteron based tower server - well worth a look if you want a fairly straightforward machine and the likes of an ALIX isn't enough for some reason. If you want a rack mount server, consider the (somewhat similar, though Intel based) R200 - which is the hardware I am using for my production pfSense box..

    Unfortunately the patch (see FreeBSD PR kern/119779) to recognise the T105's built in Broadcom NIC missed out on being included in FreeBSD 6.3-RELEASE and 7.0-RELEASE. I recommended XZed to try 1.2.1-BETA, and ask the developers to include this patch if the NIC wasn't recognised - but it seems that there was no need as the patch had already been included.

    The card recommendation is the usual one if you do need an extra PCI-E NIC - go for an Intel server adapter. In this case, however, it's not needed.

    If you can get away with a single NIC (for example, if you can make use of 802.1q VLANs for your various networks), the T105 can be an inexpensive pfSense box suitable for many applications.



  • Just one question : R200 is fully recognized by "classic" pfSense v1.2 ?



  • @XZed:

    Just one question : R200 is fully recognized by "classic" pfSense v1.2 ?

    No, it requires either the 6.3 based 1.2 or 1.2.1. At this point I wouldn't recommend anything other than 1.2.1 on those.



  • OK thank you very much !



  • Can I just add that I have R200's (a carp pair) that installed 1.2 RC fine on "non raid" R200's - ANy particular reason why I should move our production 1.2 to 1.2.1 yet?



  • @RichieP:

    Can I just add that I have R200's (a carp pair) that installed 1.2 RC fine on "non raid" R200's

    Interesting..



  • If you have a R200 that's running fine on 1.2, I would leave it on 1.2. I would upgrade RC to 1.2-release though. I haven't previously heard of any R200s that run 1.2, must be the RAID that only works in newer FreeBSD versions.


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